Harmonize became one of East Africa’s biggest musicians after he joined Diamond’s WCB records a few years ago. With the might of Chibu and the backing producer Dj Ayolizer, the man released a series of hits establishing himself as a genuine star in the region.
Since his much-publicised split from his mentor, the singer has not done too badly for himself with the hits UNO and My Boo showing that the man could prosper on his own.
But even with the hits, I feel that he still hasn’t reached the heights he did when he and Diamond were regularly doing collabos together.
This was confirmed this past weekend when the singer confided in his fans that fame could kill one’s talent. “Fem can Serious…!!!! Kill your talent…!!! Please remember that,” Harmonize wrote on his Instagram page.
He also added that the lack of music awards in the Tanzanian music industry had crippled it, saying that talent was now judged on YouTube views, with many musicians being forced to promote their songs on the video-sharing platform.
The singer lamented the case that if an artists song didn’t hit the treasured 1 million mark within the span of two days, then the song is considered a failure despite the fact that artistes have put in a lot of energy and efforts in creating the music.
The artiste proposed that the entertainment industry’s governing agency BASATA should start an awards show that will most likely propel the artistes to make great music.
Harmonize added that without awards, it was also difficult for artistes to know how much reception their works have received out there.
Ray C was at a time what Nandy is to Tanzanian music at the moment. She was the pre-eminent female musician at the time releasing hit after hit standing her authority as the baddest in the business.
But like a bad fart, her time at the top came crashing down in the blink of an eye. One minute she was the toast of the town and the next she was no longer on anyone’s radar.
What had happened? The short answer? Drugs.
The singer had started imbibing and using the illicit substances that took a lady who should have become an all-time great and turned her into a cautionary tale for those who would come after her (I hated writing that last part).
Thank God for former Tanzanian president Jokaya Kikwete who took it upon himself to help the singer emerge from the miasma that she was in.
The singer was taken to rehab and is now in a much better state than she was in.
But one thing that has bothered many over the years is who introduced the lovely musician to the toxic habit that nearly took her life?
A long-standing accusation has been that her former boyfriend rapper Lord Eyes was the chief offender.
During an interview 8 years ago, Ray C claimed that Lord Eyes was the one who started her on that path.
Ray C narrated her story exposing her ex saying,
“I was not aware that he used any hard drugs, I was only aware of light drugs during our one year of dating. When I love, I love wholeheartedly so it is easy to be taken advantage of.”
But after many years of silence, Lord Eyes who says he is now clean has refuted the claim saying that she was already a druggie when they met.
“Sijawahi kumfunza mtu yeyote kutumia madawa. Nimemkuta (Ray C) ameshawahi kutumia.”
Lord added that he would never tell lies about a woman that he had once loved deeply. He also alleged that the reason they split up was her jealousy about his career.
“Yule mwanadada lazima nimsifu na siwezi nikakaa sehemu nikamu-attack kwa sababu kweli nilimpenda. Ni mtu ambaye ana upendo wa kweli. Ni mzuri sana, sema wivu ndilo lilivuruga libeneke lile. Alikuwa na wivu kupitiliza kwenye kazi (music) ikawa inasumbua ilibidi tu-split.”
This story seems to closely resemble that of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. Bobby will always be the bad boy in the story of the late great, Whitney.
To this day, people believe that he was the one who introduced the singer to hard drugs, a claim that he denied.
There is no continent in the world that has contributed so much to music and creativity than Africa. Africans have traditionally been known to have created wonderful rhythms and all modern forms of music like blues, rock, jazz, r&b, soul and disco lead back to this wonderful continent.
The American blues was known to have originated from the African slaves working on the vast plantations. For them, music was an escape mode from the tyranny of slavery. Even though African string instruments included traditional kora, the guitar came from the Western world only much later. Although there are many famous African guitar players in the West like BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry, not many people are aware of guitar players from the continent of Africa.
Here are a few guitarists from Africa you should be aware of. Check them out.
Ali Farka Toure
One of the most famous African guitarists of all time, Ali Farka Touré came from Mali and enthralled audiences around the world. He was known to mix traditional African music with the blues and more contemporary guitar style. He’s collaborated with big names like Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, counts Martin Scorcese as a fan and has won a couple of Grammys.
He died in 2006 leaving behind a great legacy although in 2012 Mali was taken over by extremists who banned everything from his music to simple pleasures like online gambling. People who played something as harmless as blackjack which is not just gambling but a game of skill were put in prison. Thankfully, that ended in 2016.
Diblo Dibala is a Congolese musician who was often called Machine Gun because he was incredibly fast on the guitar. He is a soukous musician which is a dance genre that originated in Congo. His style of music became very popular in France in the 80s where he formed a band called Loketo.
Diblo still plays his trademark music in a band called Matchatcha so don’t miss it if you ever get an opportunity.
Etran Finatawa is a band from Niger. The members come from a nomadic tribe and their style of music is popularly known as desert blues. Their harmonies have a very traditional dance vibe to them making them a very popular band in the international festival circuit. Their skills have found listeners across the world including the USA as one can tell from this NYT article.
Franco Luambo Makiadi
One of the forerunners in the African guitar scene, Franco Luambo Makiadi was an influential musician of his time. He started playing guitar from the age of seven on his homemade guitar and it is said that he used to play at his mother’s bread stall to attract customers. He was known for mixing Cuban and Congolese styles of music through his band OK Jazz. He died in 1989 leaving behind a wonderful catalogue of soukous and rumba music.
The world of African music is vast and deep and it will serve you well to start digging in to discover some real treasures. The above mentioned names will be a great way to begin.
Music is a big part of most people’s lives. It can often provide the soundtrack to whatever we’re doing, whether it’s working up a sweat in the gym, concentrating on some work, or celebrating with friends.
While we often choose the music to match our mood, scientists have been trying to understand whether music can actually have an influence on our moods and emotions. Specifically, researchers have been hoping to find ways to use music to improve the moods of patients.
Just like how we know colours can affect our mood, scientists are fairly confident there is a link, but it’s proving more difficult to understand exactly how it works. For example, research conducted by Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä found that listening to sad music can provide both positive and negative emotions with listeners.
Other research has found that upbeat music can bring more positive emotion to people, but sad music may help people who are going through personal loss.
Some research has suggested that music can have an influence on your heart rate, although claims that it heart “synchronises to the beat” are unlikely to be true. However, some research has suggested that people that sing together synchronise their breathing.
Music is thought to stimulate the fight or flight response in the brain, helping recovery from psychological stress.
In the absence of concrete conclusions from research, it’s probably best to assume that the best approach for controlling moods through music is best done in accordance with the preference of each individual.
The almost endless variety of music means that we have access to songs for every occasion. Music that we listen to while we’re getting ready for a party may be different to the songs we put on when trying to concentrate.
Getting in the Zone
Outside of a clinical environment, using music to control our mood is commonplace. You’ll find offices around the world filled with workers who sit listening to music through their headphones. While university libraries are also packed with students hunched over textbooks and laptops, using music to help their concentration.
Music can have such an effect on our mood, it’s also often used by athletes to help them get focused ahead of a competition. Formula 1 drivers are regularly seen listening to music through headphones before getting into their car for a race. Similarly, poker players often use music to help them focus during games. However, in both cases the choice of music will vary depending on personal preference, and it often is a reflection of their own personality with some choosing fast up beat songs and others preferring more classical, calming tunes.
Friday and Saturday nights usually see hoards of people descend on pubs, bars, and clubs, all looking to have a good time with friends and destress after a busy week of work. Music plays a big part of this, with DJs usually given the job of setting the tone for the establishment.
Some research has suggested that the loud music of these venues encourages customers to drink more, and therefore spend more.
Just listening to music, regardless of the environment can have similar effects. This can be because of the upbeat nature of the song or because it can bring back memories of a happy moment in your life.
Going further, research by Mark Reybrouck, Piotr Podlipniak, and David Welch in Frontiers in Psychology has hypothesised that listening to loud music can activate an “oceanic feeling”, a term used to describe a feeling of being “limitless”. Their research found that music, when played loudly, appeared to activate primitive reactions in the brain.
While scientists clearly have much more work to do, they have demonstrated that our moods can be affected by the music we listen to. There have been several contradictory findings about the type of music that is best for improving the mood, so it perhaps may simply be down to personal preference.
It’s clear from the fact that so many people find that music helps them concentrate, get into the zone or feel better that it is an effective tool for boosting our mood.
“The Lady in Red” is song is a famous ballad played on this radio station and is a favourite among fans. The song was sung by British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh.
It was released in June 1986 as the second single from the album Into the Light. The song was responsible for introducing de Burgh’s music to a mainstream audience worldwide.
The song was written in reference to (though not specifically about) his wife Diane and was released on the album Into the Light. On the British TV series This Is Your Life, de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.
The song was a massive hit across the world, quickly becoming de Burgh’s best-selling single and his signature song, transforming him from a cult artist into a household name in many countries.
Today’s Classic105 song is “Sacrifice” by legendary musician, Elton John. The song was written by John and his collaborator Bernie Taupin.
The song appears on the 1989 album Sleeping with the Past. It was first released in October 1989, then in 1990, and was the second single from the album.
“Sacrifice” is inspired both by the Aretha Franklin song “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and described as a Percy Sledge song by Elton John[according to whom?]. The song is beloved by both John and Bernie Taupin and deemed a bookend of sorts to their first hit “Your Song”.
Taupin has said he is surprised he wrote it, and said in an interview, “I think ‘Sacrifice’ is one of the best songs we’ve written.” The song is not a typical love song, but rather a song about a breakup of a marriage where the loss of the relationship is “no sacrifice”.
It achieved success, particularly in France and the UK, where it became his first solo chart-topper, spending five weeks at the top.
Sacrifice was initially released as a single in 1989, but stalled at number 55 in the UK and at number 18 in the US in March 1990. In mid-1990 English DJ Steve Wright began playing the song on BBC Radio 1, soon followed by many more radio DJs.
The song was then re-released as a double A-side single, along with “Healing Hands”, and reached number one in the UK in June 1990. Thus, it became John’s first solo number-one single in the UK Singles Chart, remaining on the top spot for five weeks. With this re-release, Elton John also got his first number one in France and stayed on the chart for 26 weeks.
The video, which follows the song’s lyrics, portrays a man and woman having problems in their relationship after being married and raising a daughter. After they go their separate ways, the man raises his daughter alone. The video was directed by Alek Keshishian and it had Yasmeen Ghauri and Chris Isaak in it.
Tanzanian singer Lava Lava who is signed under Diamond Platnumz’s WCB has denied that the label wants him out.
Talking to LilOmmy, the singer denied the rumours that he is not making money for the label.
“There is no truth in that. People just talk. Diamond is a businessman and he knows the ups and downs of the business. The management may not share with fans what they are planning for an artiste that’s why people keep on talking.”
He admitted that last year was not good for him in terms of the music business
“2019 wasn’t really good for me music-wise. I have to accept that my business was down. I didn’t release songs back to back and I was following up on family issues. I had family responsibilities.”
He went on decline that he is planning to follow Harmonize’s step by having his own Record Label “Bite Gang”.
Tanzanian gospel artiste Martha Mwaipaja has confirmed that she and her husband separated over what she termed betrayal. She said this in an interview with fellow singer Christina Shusho.
“I separated with my husband like two years ago. I am not there to try, I have already decided and people cannot be together if they don’t understand each other,” she said.
“Many married people nowadays are just living and not understanding each other. You will later find yourself giving birth to kids who don’t have grace.”
Asked whether it’s separation or complete divorce, she said, “I don’t have the time to just separate. We have lived together for so many years, and if you see that you are going to fall into a pit, there is no time to give each other time. That’s where you decide. I have done my decision. “
The two were blessed with a child, whom Mwaipaja says she has been taking care of since they parted ways
“I was the one who got myself in and also got myself out. Anyone who knows that person will clap for me, but whoever doesn’t know him will point fingers at me,” she said.
“I could have died. I thank God for protecting me from death and betrayal. He was a man of God and the churches he had have all been closed. If it’s not God, people might have buried me by now.”
The “Naiona Kesho” and “Nifundishe Kunyamaza” hitmaker says the making of these two songs was when she was at her lowest.
“A time reaches when you wish you could die or get lost, but when those words came to me, I was filled with Grace. If you see me crying, know that God has fought for me,” she said.
“A message to women, if you see your knowledge has come to an end, don’t force it, you are calling death and don’t get out and go away from God. I encourage people through my songs and I know what pain is.
Kenyan songstress Nadia Mukami has been nominated for the HiPipo awards as the Best Kenyan Act for the hitsong “Radio Love”
“I’m grateful for being nominated and that’s like a big milestone for my career. I keep growing and getting better every day because thats my first out of Kenya nomination and it means I’m doing well. I’m super excited and I hope to win”
Mukami has promised fans even bigger things this year “I’ve started the year on a high note because I got signed to a new management called Sevens Creative Hub which is amazing and are getting me deals. I have an EP coming up and I’ll let fans know when. It’s gonna be big”
This is the 9th edition of the awards with nominees coming from over 20 sub-Saharan and North Africa countries.
Gospel singer Gloria Muliro has been motivating and encouraging her fans through her social media.
The “Narudisha” hitmaker has become a motivation to many not only through her music but also through her words.
Here are ten quotes derived from her social media that you should know
ONE: Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less.”
TWO: The bad news is time flies. But, the good news is you’re the pilot.”
THREE: “Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.”
FOUR: “People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness, and inclusiveness.”
FIVE: “Most of us need to be reminded that we are good, that we are lovable, that we belong. If we knew just how powerfully our thoughts, words, and actions affected the hearts of those around us, we’d reach out and join hands again and again. Our relationships have the potential to be a sacred refuge, a place of healing and awakening. With each person we meet, we can learn to look behind the mask and see the one who longs to love and be loved.”
SIX: You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
SEVEN: “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”
EIGHT: Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”
NINE: “Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t turn out, just take another shot.”
TEN: “Being Youthful means you are experiencing a time of vigor, energy, and zeal. Through this period of transition, we learn a lot and discover ourselves in so many amazing ways.”
Tanzanian music producer Man Water has accused singer Ali Kiba of not paying for all the songs that they did together.
Water has however said that he has held onto the unreleased songs but Kiba re-did them.
He told Azam TV’s Buruan Muhuza “Apart from the songs “Seduce Me and Mvumo Wa Radi” we had many other songs. I have the songs but they have not been paid for. I am a businessman and if you haven’t paid me, I can’t give you the songs.”
He went on to expose Kiba for going behind his back and re-doing the songs.
“Something I don’t like is that I have heard them being repeated somewhere else and I am the source of the songs. That’s why sometimes there are problems between producers and artiste and people decide to just keep quiet. What if I release the original songs, it’s better a half loss. If I decided to release the songs on my youtube channel, then they are mine.”
Ali Kiba and Man Water have been working together for a long time till rumours went rounds that the two had split.
Whether the songs Man Water has withheld will be released or not, it will just take time for fans to find out.
Founded in 2009, The Art of Music has been in existence to promote the performance and appreciation of art music in Kenya and use it’s transformative power to change lives, particularly of those living in underprivileged areas of the country.
The focuses is on two programmes. Firstly, Ghetto Classics, a community programme that involves over 500 children in Korogocho and thousands more in satellite areas around Nairobi, Kiambu and Mombasa through the Link UP project. The second is a musical and leadership training programme, The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (KNYO). This is a music ensemble that brings together talented young musicians from all walks of life in the country.
These programmes have been generously supported through donations from individuals and organisations that believe that “Making Music can Make A Difference.”
The discipline, teamwork, focus and commitment that the children learn from being musicians and playing in an orchestra has translated to their school and home lives, making Ghetto Classics and KNYO students stand out above the rest. There has been an improvement in grades and this is particularly so in the Korogocho programme as all the children are self-motivated to stay in school and are assisted with their fees when necessary.
These students have had their horizons widened because of the exposure that they have gained. They have played with children from totally different backgrounds and they have had outstanding experiences in concerts that they have been a part of, or watched. They have also traveled to different places in the world with some going out to as far as the United States and Europe to perform with other musicians. All these wonderful opportunities have come, thanks to music.
On the 30th November 2019, The Art of Music will be holding their 10-year anniversary fundraising concert featuring Ghetto Classics, The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (KNYO) and the Safaricom Youth Orchestra alongside, Polish composer JIMEK and the Swiss Mexican pianist Jorge Viladoms, who have both generously donated their time and expertise to be part of this concert.
The tickets cost 10.000Ksh per person and includes dinner. It will be held at the Trademark Hotel.
The man has pulled a Sauti Sol and decided to do a music video that will feature nvde women in it. I know Ezekiel Mutua must already be seething and frothing.
The ‘Hallelujah’ singer teased the video of his new song called ‘Bure Kabisa’ a reveal that shocked most people. His caption for the song read;
THE BEAUTY OF THE EYE CAN BE SO DECEIVING, INSIDE NI BURE KABISA!!! NEW SONG LINK IN BIO
I can’t post the link here but all I can say is that even Jamaican and Black American artists will be blushing when they see the nvdity on the song. Go to his page and see it before it’s pulled down!
Some of the comments are below;
simwathebarber Willy Willy n Sawa 2 nikki_miri What’s this nicole_nabintu @ongeri.daniel money is devil 👿,ladies decided to stay naked 🙆♀️ jay_burton_ Ii Mutua hatakubali🙌🙌🙌🔥😂😂😂😂😂😂 jay_robertz @jay_burton_ itakua banned before its even released zakayokanandili @jay_burton_ 😂😂was about to ask the same way mmmh hii 🔥🔥🔥though let’s wait and see filbertleonorah Wee Willy mshenzi sana uliikuja kwa kuimba gospel saiv shetani ashakuteka mtu_wa_makamo @filbertleonorah Sometimes shetani tunamsingiziaa charohnjeri77 Huyu Willy paul alienda kwa mchawi yupi huyo akamharibu hivi vyote 🤔 nderitucharles258 Khai baba innojay mnyamaaaaa pozzeeeee🙌🙌🙌 mercy_de_cute mbona wapo uchi😢😢😢😢😢😢
Even though I want to hype the music video, I think this whole affair is much ado about nothing. My hunch is that Willy super-imposed his ‘Bure Kabisa’ audio on the video with his intention being to garner as much publicity as possible for the song’s debut. The song most likely has another family-friendly video.
Say what you will about Pozze, one thing you cannot deny about him is that he is a genius at marketing…Himself.
I recently spoke to MCA Tricky and the comedian was very forthright about some certain aspects in his life. The comedian whose fanbase is rapidly growing is currently on a tour in many counties in Kenya.
Mr. Tricky admitted that he doesn’t compete with any person in the comedy industry. How could that be considering that there are bigger names in the industry like Churchill and Eric Omondi? He said that he felt that he needed to push himself by growing his brand and that only happens if he keeps on interacting with his audience.
The comedian said that he admired himself in the comedy industry. His reason for the humblebrag was that he learns something from each and every other comedian in his industry.
But the artiste explained that he did have someone that he looks up to in life. Who could that be? ‘I admire Diamond the most in life. That guy is daring. He believes he is a Michael Jackson even though he can’t match those heights but he still tries to do it,’ said the entertainer.
And how did he have such a great estimation of the Tanzanian singer? Had they met? The comic said that they had met a few times and although they weren’t deep conversations, one could see the work ethic Diamond had.
And who did he support between Diamond or Zari considering he has also engaged with Zari in the past and that the two exes have been engaged in a nasty back and forth the past few months? MCA was very diplomatic in his answer saying that he did not mind supporting Diamond as he and Diamond had similar dreams.
Wendy Waeni was all over the news last week after her famous interview on JKL live. The famous gymnast shocked many viewers when she claimed that her ex-manager, Joe Mwangi wasn’t doing right by her and her mother.
Wendy had claimed that she hadn’t received money for performances she had done from her manager. She also alleged that he had also taken possession of her social media accounts refusing to relinquish them.
Magdaline Syombua was with Wendy Waeni in the Radio Jambo studio on Monday and explained that she used to receive small amounts of money from her daughter’s ex-manager, Joe Mwangi.
Syombua said Mwangi used to go with Waeni to events and even meet up with politicians who would give them tokens such as money. She told host Massawe Jappani;
I am very proud of my daughter and happy about it, but I am disappointed she never used to get what she duly deserved. Some time back, they used to go out together for events, they would even meet up with honourables who would give them money. So he used to give me small amounts, like KSh 20,000, then he would keep the lion’s share.
Wendy’s mother claimed that Joe would get angry whenever she would ask her about the rest of the money. Her admission somewhat contradicts Wendy’s claim that she never received a cent from Mwangi despite having travelled the world for several shows.
Her sentiments were echoed by her mum who said the ex-manager took all the money Waeni used to make during her shows. But Joe in a quick and tough rejoinder while being interviewed on Chipukeezy’s show on Ebru T.V denied the claims, saying that he only travelled out of the country once with Wendy.
And that was to Rwanda where he claims he received only Ksh. 100k from the mother.
When you gong to a club there are some habits that you should avoid to have a good time. They include;
Mixing drinks can really put your liver at risk. It can lead to vomiting as it may tamper with your digestion system. It is advisable to take such drinks in dilute form with either water or a soft drink.
You should be careful with your items especially your phone and cash. Not everyone goes to the club with good intentions. Other go with intentions of stealing from the drunk people, so more reason you should be careful.
Wearing high heels
If you love dancing, wear comfortable shoes. Six inch heels are cute to look at, but you won’t be able to dance.You could even fall and break your ankles if drunk.
Taking stranger’s drinks
Taking someone’s drink that you don’t know is to dangerous. Someone can either poison you or even drug you so as they can harm you or even steal from you.
We are constantly told that too much consumption of alcohol is harmful to ones health. When in the club, it’s important to limit how much you drink, plus also know the limits because of your health and your security too. If you get too drunk chances are that you may black out and in the process people can take advantage of you.
Addiction is one thing that most people have found it hard to say goodbye to. These are some of the celebrities that have struggled with addiction and managed to get over it;
Angelina suffered from depression which pushed her to drugs hoping to feel better.‘ I did almost every type of drug in existence.’She said this referring to it as the dark moments in her life. She however managed to fight this by surrounding herself with people that could add value to her life. She changed her way of living and adopted children after she became an actress.
Robert Downey Jr.
He went through a lot as he fought his life through drugs. The actor was sent to prison and forced treatment for quit sometime. He also spent a whole in hospital and he finally made a decision to stop using drugs and since then his life changed.
She got to do drugs because she was confident enough during her performances on stage. This grew into a habit up to a point that she forgot lines of her own songs on stage. She also noticed that her voice was becoming a mess as days went by. She later on had a surgery that made her to stop doing drugs completely.
Drew became a drug addict at quite a younger age. She was taken to a rehab clinic for 8 months due to the overdose drugs consumption. After she left the clinic her life changed and she became a model and a part-time waitress. She hereafter became a mother and a studio owner.
The actress started to take drugs as a solution of gaining courage in her performance. She was helped by a close friend that engaged her in yoga classes and many other more encouraging sessions which helped her leave alcohol.
The musician’s life revolved around drugs and sex life. His life changed after he met his second wife who made him see the better part of living a healthy life.
She began her drug life after she became famous and rich. She was even denied her parental custody of her sons because of the drug abuse. This made her change her way of living and did away with drugs.
Elton saw drugs to be a way of doing away with his shyness.In the year 1975 he almost lost his life because of an overdose. This made him to go to a rehab clinic and changed his lifestyle completely.
Samuel L. Jackson
He became a drug addict in his youth life. He was taken to a rehabilitation center where his life changed after his wife and daughter visited him at one point and he confessed to them that he was a drug addict. Since then his addiction to drugs came to an end.